Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Checking In On My MLB Predictions

Welcome to the worst day of the year if you're a sports fan. There isn't any sort of decent competition today. This is the one day of the year in which there is nothing going on in all the big four sports, and hell, there's not even an MLS game today. To make matters worse, this is the one during the week where the WWE doesn't broadcast a program at all!

So what do we do on a day like today? Well, if we were to follow the media's example, we would look for any sort of filler possible. For us at The Bucky Channel, our filler is going to be a look back at our MLB Predictions, and some readjusted predictions for the second half.


AL WEST PRESEASON PREDICTIONS

1. Los Angeles Angels
2. Texas Rangers
3. Oakland Athletics
4. Seattle Mariners

AL WEST CURRENT STANDINGS

1. Los Angeles Angels
2. Texas Rangers
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Oakland Athletics

Looks like I did alright with this division, but it's tough to screw up a division with just four teams. Honestly, I'm shocked that Seattle is over .500 at this point, and they actually have a better record than the Brewers right now. There's no way you can't credit that all to Russell Branyan. As well as Texas is playing, they are going to have to win the division to get into the playoffs, and they'll be in the race until the final week or two, but the Angels will prevail.

AL WEST MIDSEASON PREDICTIONS

1. Los Angeles Angels
2. Texas Rangers
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Oakland Athletics

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AL CENTRAL PRESEASON PREDICTIONS

1. Minnesota Twins
2. Kansas City Royals
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Cleveland Indians
5. Detroit Tigers

AL CENTRAL CURRENT STANDINGS

1. Detroit Tigers
2. Chicago White Sox
3. Minnesota Twins
4. Kansas City Royals
5. Cleveland Indians

Ha, what a joke. Looks like I was pretty high on the Royals for some reason, but I guess that bandwagon will have to wait for another year yet. I'm not upset that the Twins aren't in first, and I really don't know who to pick between the White Sox and the Tigers to win this thing. Ultimately, I think the Sox are more prone to make a key trade than the Tigers, so I'm going to give this division to the White Sox. Sorry, Detroit.

AL CENTRAL MIDSEASON PREDICTIONS

1. Chicago White Sox
2. Detroit Tigers
3. Minnesota Twins
4. Kansas City Royals
5. Cleveland Indians

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AL EAST PRESEASON PREDICTIONS

1. New York Yankees
2. Tampa Bay Rays
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Baltimore Orioles

AL EAST CURRENT STANDINGS

1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. Tampa Bay Rays
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Baltimore Orioles

Poor, poor, Toronto. They're just two games under .500, but they already have to think about shipping off guys like Roy Halladay, Marco Scutaro, and Scott Rolen. Them's the shakes when you are the fourth best team in the best division in baseball, thanks to the emergence of the Tampa Bay Rays. It's going to see that the Rays have lived up to expectations, and I still fully expect them to make the playoffs as the Wild Card over Boston. I guess that's kind of more of a wish than it is an actual well-thought out analysis, but if you want to put some more cheese on it this year Collin I'd be happy to do so.

AL EAST MIDSEASON PREDICTIONS

1. New York Yankees
2. Tampa Bay Rays
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Baltimore Orioles

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NL WEST PRESEASON PREDICTIONS

1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
3. Colorado Rockies
4. San Francisco Giants
5. San Diego Padres

NL WEST CURRENT STANDINGS

1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Colorado Rockies
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. San Diego Padres

Remember when the Padres put together a nice little run at the start of the season and everyone wondered if there were for real? Of course we all knew that they weren't, but that doesn't explain what is going on in San Francisco. How is this team good? I realize the pitching, but how do guys like Pablo Sandoval become legitimate ballplayers? Eventually, I still think they'll fade, which they better because they lead the Wild Card chase right now. Pencil the Dodgers in the World Series, by the way.

NL WEST MIDSEASON STANDINGS

1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Colorado Rockies
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Arizona Dodgers
5. San Diego Padres

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NL CENTRAL PRESEASON PREDICTIONS

1. Chicago Cubs
2. Milwaukee Brewers
3. St. Louis Cardinals
4. Cincinnati Reds
5. Houston Astros
6. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL CENTRAL CURRENT STANDINGS

1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Milwaukee Brewers
3. Houston Astros
4. Chicago Cubs
5. Cincinnati Reds
6. Pittsburgh Pirates

In all seriousness, the Cardinals are no better than the Giants except for Pujols. Both have good pitching staffs, but their entire batting lineup is made up of Quadruple-A guys. I seriously don't understand how St. Louis is in first place right now, I really just despise this team, and really don't think they're as good as advertised. There's no doubt the Cubs will be better in the second half, and hell the Brewers could end up winning this division as well. Screw it, let's give the Central to Milwaukee. I never said I was a role model.

NL CENTRAL MIDSEASON PREDICTIONS

1. Milwaukee Brewers
2. Chicago Cubs
3. St. Louis Cardinals
4. Cincinnati Reds
5. Houston Astros
6. Pittsburgh Pirates

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NL EAST PRESEASON PREDICTIONS

1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. New York Mets
3. Atlanta Braves
4. Florida Marlins
5. Washington Nationals

NL EAST CURRENT STANDINGS

1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. Florida Marlins
3. Atlanta Braves
4. New York Mets
5. Washington Nationals

The Nationals are pathetic, the Mets are done, the Braves are one bad week away from selling, the Marlins will contend until September, the Phillies will survive the tragedy that will be the Pedro Martinez experiment.

NL EAST MIDSEASON PREDICTIONS

1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. Florida Marlins
3. New York Mets
4. Atlanta Braves
5. Washington Nationals

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AL PLAYOFFS PRESEASON PICKS

Yankees over Twins
Angels over Rays

Yankees over Angels

NL PLAYOFFS PRESEASON PICKS

Cubs over Dodgers
Phillies over Brewers

Cubs over Phillies

WORLD SERIES PRESEASON PICK

Yankees over Cubs (6 games)

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AL PLAYOFFS MIDSEASON PICKS

Yankees over White Sox
Angels over Rays

Yankees over Angels

NL PLAYOFFS MIDSEASON PICKS

Dodgers over Cubs
Phillies over Brewers

Phillies over Dodgers (same as last year, I know)

WORLD SEASON MIDSEASON PICK

Yankees over Phillies (6 games)

Talk amongst yourselves.

5 comments:

Travis said...

Rays over Brewers

Bear said...

THis was cool to look at, but Pablo Sandoval was the one legit guy on that offense. Obviously he is playing better than thought, but he was a top prospect.

And San Fran is better than St. Louis in my opinion. THe Giant rotation is probably the best in the league, don't need much scoring.

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